ThermoPro TempSpike Review
Here at Angry BBQ, we’re big fans of being able to accurately measure the internal temperature of meat whether we’re smoking, grilling, or cooking on the flat top. We want to make sure that we’re eating food that is safe to eat and cooked to the proper internal temp. We don’t want to serve undercooked chicken of any…
Here at Angry BBQ, we’re big fans of being able to accurately measure the internal temperature of meat whether we’re smoking, grilling, or cooking on the flat top. We want to make sure that we’re eating food that is safe to eat and cooked to the proper internal temp. We don’t want to serve undercooked chicken of any type nor do we want smoked meat that’s either not tender enough or has been turned into mush.
So when I got the chance to check out the ThermoPro TempSpike wireless meat thermometer, I was excited. I’ve personally tested multiple wireless meat thermometers like the ThermoWorks Smoke X4 and the INKBIRD IBT-26S and very much enjoyed my overall experience. However, trying to keep multiple wired temperature probes from not becoming more snarled than a full plate of spaghetti can be a bit of a hassle. So getting my hands on a truly wireless meat thermometer was exciting.
So how does the TempSpike thermometer deliver? Let’s check it out.
Who Is ThermoPro?
ThermoPro started out as a manufacturer of other thermometer brands but decided to put that knowledge to good use and developed their own products. They offer a full range of instant-read and wireless thermometers, including the TempSpike.
ThermoPro TempSpike Review
So let’s dive into the TempSpike, its specifications, performance, features, fit and finish, and my overall experience.
ThermoPro TempSpike Specifications
|Dimensions, Booster||6 ¾ L x 1 ⅞ W x 1 H in inches (170 L x 47 W x 27 H in mm)|
|Dimensions, TempSpike probe||¼ D x 5 ⅙ L in inches (6.5 D x 132 L in mm)|
|Battery, Booster||3+ months battery life for 3.7v lithium rechargeable battery|
|Battery, Probe||36+ hours battery life for 2.4v lithium rechargeable battery|
|Temperature Range, Reading||Internal sensor: 14-212°F (-10-100°C)Ambient sensor: 14-572°F (-10-300°C)|
|Temperature Accuracy||Within 1.8°F|
|Bluetooth Range, TempSpike||6.5-33ft (2-10m) depending on grill style|
|Bluetooth Range, Booster||Up to 500 ft (150m)|
|Warranty||One-year limited warranty on defects in parts, materials, and workmanship|
|Included||TempSpike probe, booster, USB-C charging cord, instructions, contact information card, instruction card|
ThermoPro TempSpike Features
The beauty of the TempSpike is that it is everything you need to monitor the internal temperature of a single cut of meat in a small package. You don’t have to worry about any tangled wires due to the Bluetooth connection between the probe and the Booster.
The TempSpike is capable of measuring two temperatures at the same time thanks to two independent sensors, one in the tip of the probe and the other located in the ceramic-encased end of the probe. In theory, this concept is fantastic, especially if you’re smoking on an offset smoker or charcoal grill and don’t have the ability to set a target temperature like on a pellet grill.
However, and this is not a ThermoPro issue, we here at Angry BBQ have not had great experiences with temperature probes that include an ambient temperature sensor. We don’t find them to be all that accurate with our speculation being that it has to do with the surface temperature of the meat affecting the accuracy at least in the early stages of the cooking session.
For me, as I typically smoke on a pellet grill, the ambient temperature sensor is not something I pay a whole lot of attention to. I’m simply concerned about the internal temperature of whatever it is I’m smoking.
For that purpose, I love the TempSpike. I don’t have to worry about pinching any wires or threading them through a hole in the side of the grill like my Camp Chef Apex. Also, I like the fact that the Booster doesn’t need Wi-Fi to connect to my smartphone. Wi-Fi connectivity is nice if you’re smoking or cooking at home, but what about when you’re on the road? What if I want to take a portable pellet grill like the Z Grills 200A Cruiser and smoke while camping? I can still use the TempSpike and not sacrifice any features.
The Bluetooth connectivity is more than enough for me to sit in my home office and get some work done while I’m smoking a chuck roast out on the back deck without losing connectivity. Speaking of connectivity, the TempSpike app is simple to use while still being chock full of features. You can choose between pre-loaded preset temperatures in the app (of which there are plenty) or you can create your own custom targets and even name them.
Also, if you want to add more TempSpikes to your collection for when you smoke more than one big cut of meat, the app can handle up to three separate TempSpike devices at the same time.
Overall Fit And Finish
The TempSpike probe itself is sleek and looks the part. The stainless steel is thick and sturdy so you won’t be worried about accidentally snapping it during use. The black ceramic end serves as a nice contrast as well. The line to ensure that you’ve inserted the TempSpike far enough into the meat is also easily spotted so you don’t have to make any guesses. Just make sure you check it every once in a while due to meat shrinking during the cooking process.
The Booster itself may not be the most attractive item in your cooking arsenal with its combination of gray and orange, but it certainly gets the job done function-wise. The LEDs are well-labeled so you can tell by which one is flashing what is going on. If the LED marked PROBE is flashing quickly, that means the probe needs to be returned to the Booster for charging. If the LED marked BOOSTER is flashing quickly, then you need to plug the Booster in with the included USB-C charging cable. When the Booster and Probe are connected properly, the LED marked with the Bluetooth symbol will flash slowly. If the connection is lost, then it blinks red slowly. When the probe is in the Booster, the LED will not blink at all.
The TempSpike probe clips nicely into the Booster for both storage and charging. You just need to make sure the barrel of the probe is cleaned properly otherwise you won’t have proper contact. Then there’s a nice clear cover that clips over the Booster to protect the assembly.
First off, connecting the TempSpike to the app on my phone was super simple. I didn’t have to do any work to pair the probe and the Booster because ThermoPro has the unit pre-paired at the factory. For pairing to your phone, remove the probe from the Booster then access the TempSpike app on your phone. The manual actually has QR codes for both the iOS and Android versions of the app so you don’t have to go searching through your app store whether you’ve got an Apple or Android-based phone.
Then all you have to do is make sure your phone has Bluetooth enabled then click on Add Device in the app. Select it when it appears on the list and you are connected.
As for using the TempSpike itself, it’s simple and straightforward. Insert the TempSpike into the thickest part of the cut of meat you’re checking the temperature on and ensure it goes deep enough that you don’t see the marking line on the probe’s barrel. That will help protect the sensors and equipment from heat damage.
Then you can monitor temperatures easily in the app. You can set the target, add any alarms, and then get to cooking.
Would We Recommend The ThermoPro TempSpike?
If you primarily have one cut of meat and you’re tired of uncoiling and detangling a temperature probe wire, then absolutely. The TempSpike is easy to use, the Bluetooth connectivity is fantastic, and storage is a breeze. The Booster is even magnetic so you can stick it on your pellet grill’s hopper during use or on the side of the fridge when not using it.
What We Like…
- Strong Bluetooth connection
- Easy to use app with lots of features
- True wireless capability
What Makes Us Angry…
- The ambient temperature sensor readings are finicky at best, so do not rely on them to manage temperatures of your offset smoker or charcoal grill
- If you’re smoking more than one cut of meat at a time and want to keep an eye on all of them, you’ll need multiple TempSpikes
The ThermoPro TempSpike is a fantastic wireless meat thermometer. When you take a look at the combination of the big connectivity range and the fantastic app, it’s a no-brainer. You can take this on the go without needing to worry about power sources or a Wi-Fi connection, which I actually did on a trip to New York recently.
Just remember, this is not designed for precision temperature monitoring. You also want an instant-read thermometer to pair with this unit, and you can check out our list of the best instant-read thermometers if you need one (or more. You always need at least one backup!)
You can also check out our review of the new ThermoPro Twin TempSpike Bluetooth thermometer, perfect if you intend to smoke or cook two large cuts of meat at the same time.
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